Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art

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Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art facade.JPG
Establishedc. 1991
Location591 Broad St., Newark 07102
Coordinates40°44′28″N 74°10′10″W / 40.741028°N 74.169528°W / 40.741028; -74.169528
TypeContemporary art
DirectorDexter Wimberly

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is an artist-centered space in Newark, New Jersey, United States. The NJ State Council on the Arts has designated the Center a Major Arts Organization.[1]

The Center was founded in 1983. In 1993, Aljira was chosen by the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions to organize the U.S. representation at the IV Bienal Internacional de Pintura in Cuenca, Ecuador.[2] The name "Aljira" is the Australian Aboriginal word for dreamtime, and is intended to suggest timelessness and open possibilities. Aljira displays the work of both established and emerging or under-represented artists.[3] Aljira Emerge is an annual program that is designed to prepare artists for the marketplace. In 2009 the tenth show, E10, featured 22 active artists based in the northeast United States. In previous years the main medium was painting, but in 2009 the exhibition emphasized sculpture, although paintings, installation and video were also included.[4]

The center sells books, fine art and prints through its online store.

Each spring the center holds an auction of fine art.[5]

The gallery's operations are partly funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State; The Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation; Bank of America; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Johnson & Johnson; National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey Cultural Trust; The Prudential Foundation; PSEG Foundation; The Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation; The Turrell Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and individual contributors.[6]

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  1. ^ "Aljira, A Center For Contemporary Art". State of New Jersey, Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. Archived from the original on 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  2. ^ "About Aljira". Aljira. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  3. ^ "Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art". Planting Rice. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  4. ^ BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO (August 30, 2009). "A Decade of Emergence" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-08.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Murphy-Lupo, Stephanie (2012-05-15). Day Trips® from New Jersey: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler. Globe Pequot. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-0-7627-8577-3. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  6. ^ "JORDAN EAGLES at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art". Art Agenda. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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